Mar.26 - As Formula 1 stands firmly with Saudi Arabia following Friday's nearby missile attacks, two of the sport's most popular venues face a less certain future.

Zandvoort has instantly become one of the most loved venues for the renewed Dutch F1 GP, but F1 is yet to pick up a two-year 'option' on the current deal.

"FOM wants to keep us on the calendar for a long time," Robert van Overdijk, the Zandvoort circuit director, told Viaplay.

"We have an option for another two years that still has to be taken and we can even sign up for much longer," he said.

"It's up to FOM but we'll sign the extension tomorrow."

However, F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali warned this week that while he is looking to expand the calendar even further, existing events may need to make way.

"There are races that have a current contract and others that are coming to the end of their contract," he said. "This is the case of France and also Belgium."

Van Overdijk admitted that Zandvoort's popularity alone will not be enough for the Dutch F1 GP to secure its own future.

"We are a private event without government support and so we must first have sponsors and partners before we can enter into a long-term deal," he said.

Another popular and even more historic F1 venue, Spa-Francorchamps, is also hanging onto its place on the race calendar despite a circuit overhaul over the winter.

Gaetan Vigneron, a veteran correspondent for the Belgian broadcaster RTBF, admitted the Belgian GP's long-term future is in "danger".

But there are upsides, he said.

"Russia is no longer on the calendar, Spa-Francorchamps is legendary and above all there is the Max Verstappen factor, who ensures the 'second Dutch F1 GP' is sold out," said Vigneron.

"The contingencies to sign a contract are economic, political and climatological. There is a lot of discussion," he said.

"The Belgian GP is not yet lost but it will be quite difficult."


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9 F1 Fan comments on “Zandvoort & Spa tracks face uncertain F1 futures again?

    • ReallyOldRacer

      Shrop', here is my pledge. Off Spa and/or Monaco and I am flatass gone. Of course the current wide-body tanks might need a 3-point turn at Lowes. I'd better watch what I pledge. Whatever, Grace Kelly is gone from the box anyway.

      Zaan' in doubt with the current WDC, sell-outs for 3 years and a great fan friendly show? Cmon guys, better we big up a VET retirement rumour. More chance of reality.

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  1. Donalf

    Charlies done it again, topped 3rd practice, has sir Lulu made huge mistake for not ending his career with ferrari he thought about it wonder what he's thinking now.

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